After a two-year hiatus, MomoCon, a four-day event celebrating animation, games, comics and costumes, has once again welcomed fans from across the nerd spectrum. The all-ages convention is held in downtown Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center each Memorial Day weekend. It’s primarily focused on Japanese anime and Western animation, but also invites fans of comics, video games, tabletop games, and sci-fi/fantasy in general to join in the celebration.
This year, masks were required to enter in an effort to help curb the spread of COVID, but that didn’t stop cosplayers and other attendees from enjoying the con. Several chose to creatively incorporate masks into their outfits, while MomoCon and its vendors sold themed masks on the convention floor. It was striking to see very little pushback against the mask policy.
Two back-to-back cancellations only made this year’s MomoCon even more exciting. After a trial run late last year with MomoCon’s smaller Winterfest, anticipation was building for the anime convention’s full return this summer. It did not disappoint and was literally bigger than ever this time around. With a move to GWCC’s larger Hall B, which was originally planned for 2020, MomoCon had more space than ever, allowing for more entertainment, more games, more vendors, more cosplay, and more attendees than ever before. never.
Three years is enough time to see the rise and fall of different franchises, giving this year’s MomoCon an abundance of new cosplayers portraying new characters from the latest trending properties, especially demon slayer, The attack of the Titansand Genshin Impact, all of which have seen a huge boom during the pandemic. We’ve even seen cosplayers from brand new series, like Spy x Family and My darling dressing.
On the gaming and vendor side, MomoCon has expanded its indie section. Even though the annual Indie Game Awards Showcase was on hiatus this year, plenty of developers were there to showcase new video and tabletop games. Featured featured the “Better Than D&D” TTRPG Emberwind which has a phenomenal DM-free gameplay system, and the Fire Emblem based on Anna’s round table card game.
Another addition could be heard on the second floor long before it was seen – Foam Fighting Convention. Beginners can pick up blue or red hard foam swords, spears and shields and fight alongside LARP veterans in a variety of team-vs.-team games, or enter a head-to-head tournament .
Although it hasn’t seen as much growth this year as other aspects of MomoCon, the guests and panels have not let up. Some of the best voice actors in the industry, along with other professionals and even volunteers, made the panels fun and entertaining (when the panelists didn’t show up for Avatar: The Last Airbender anecdotes, a few participants took control of the microphones and saved the day). The cosplay panels were especially great, with new guests getting all the tips and tricks from veteran cosplayers. The my hero academia the panels were also a treat, with the larger-than-life personalities celebrating the show’s growth and how it compares to previous projects.
This year’s MomoCon had over 42,000 attendees, setting a new record for the convention likely due to its absence in recent years and the explosion in popularity anime has enjoyed lately. It was also the first time the convention was widely shared on TikTok, making it a nationwide trend. If it keeps growing there, they’ll have to add another room.